Protests in Ekiti, APC, CNPP Wants Fayose to Waive Immunity for Prosecution
There were protests in Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, on Thursday, over alleged looting of the state by the governor, Ayo Fayose, even as the protesters challenged the governor to waive his immunity clause and face prosecution.
The protesters hailed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for freezing accounts operated by Fayose in Zenith Bank and urged the anti-graft agency to dig deeper into the financial books of the state and fish out those indicted in the looting of the treasury.
They also passed a vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari and praised his anti-corruption stance.
Large retinue of policemen and men of the Department of State Security were deployed to provide cover for the mammoth crowd that attended the rally.
The placard-carrying protesters, which comprise party leaders, students, youth groups, artisans and other like-minded individuals, marched from Fajuyi Park through Okeyinmi and stopped at Ijigbo area of Ado-Ekiti where they were addressed by leaders of each group.
They chanted anti-Fayose’s songs and made mockery of the alleged way the governor had allegedly been looting the state, especially his alleged indictment in the N1.2 billion arms fund, alleged collection of kickbacks from contractors handling various projects in the state to buy multibillion naira property in Lagos, among other states.
The APC Acting Chairman in the state, Mrs Kemi Olaleye, expressed regret about how the immunity conferred on Governor Fayose in line with section 308 of the constitution, had been impeding his prosecution for alleged embezzlement of funds.
“We are tired of immunity clause. Immunity has become impunity in Ekiti. We condemn Governor Fayose’s corrupt tendencies .Things must
change. The EFCC must do its job and ensure that looters of Ekiti are brought to justice”, she said.
The CNPP Chairman in the state, Mr Tunji Ogunlola , challenged Fayose to waive his immunity and face prosecution over alleged involvement in N4.7 billion arms deal alongside former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and PDP Governorship candidate in Osun State in the last poll, Mr Iyiola Omisore.
“On the issue of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, we ask the 17 members alleged to have falsified their certificates to submit themselves for prosecution. It is very unfortunate that their primary roles have been abandoned for Fayose’s defence.
“We also plead with the federal government not to release bailout for payment of salary to Governor Fayose. The Federal Ministry of Finance should pay into workers’ accounts directly, because we have lost confidence in the government. The previous N9.6b bailout should be probed.
“We want to commend the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris and Director General of the DSS, Mr Lawal Daura for probing alleged political thuggery leveled against PDP government in Ekiti.
“We also want a special force be deployed to Ekiti to maintain peace in Ekiti State because our lives are no longer save. We pass confidence vote on President Buhari for fighting corruption and for all his developmental programmes”, he said.
A students’ representative, Com. Samuel Olaoluwa , commended the anti-graft agency for coming up with comprehensive data of how Fayose allegedly looted Ekiti, saying nothing must be spared to ensure that all the monies are recovered and culprits prosecuted for Ekiti to move
“We must join the EFCC in the battle against graft. We should stop politicizing issues of graft because it affects every facet of the country. We must stop this act of impunity and return Ekiti to the path of honour, glory and sanity”, he said.